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BETH MANCUSO

Hello, I am Beth Mancuso, founder of Women Travel Photographers. I have been a portrait photographer for over ten years now. While I love taking peoples pictures, my true passion lies in my landscape/self-portrait work. I also love teaching and mentoring other photographers. I am a Photoshop geek, aspiring baker, explorer, camper, and a thrift store lover. 

I live in Minnesota with my modern-day Brady Bunch family. I have three sons, my guy has three daughters and we have a beloved Morkie named Maizey. 

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MY FAMILY

MY FAMILY

MY HOME -  MINNESOTA

MY HOME - MINNESOTA

I LOVE EXPLORING

I LOVE EXPLORING

MY PET - MAIZEY

MY PET - MAIZEY

FAVORITE HOLIDAY - HALLOWEEN

FAVORITE HOLIDAY - HALLOWEEN

FAVORITE SEASON - FALL

FAVORITE SEASON - FALL

What are you shooting with?
This year I switched to mirrorless and got the Sony A7iii (prior, I shot on a Nikon d750)  I also take a lot of images with my iPhone X. 
 
Favorite Lens?
It is a toss-up between my 135mm and my 14mm….I love fixed focal lengths. 
 
How did you get started in photography?
Like so many moms I first picked up the camera so that I could better document my children. I fell in love with the art of it and that progressed into starting a portrait photography business. I have been in business now for over ten years. 
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Anything you’re proud of?
My work was printed in Midwest Living Magazine and on their website. I was also featured as an artist spotlight in Black and White Magazine. My work can also be seen in Click magazine, National Geographic website, Huffington Post, My Modern Met, Brit and Co, and Bored Panda. I have worked with brands such as Royal Robbins, Zales, and Dick’s Sporting Goods.
 
What is your favorite image you have taken and why?
This is a little like picking a favorite child, but I am going to have to say that most recently it would be my image of a rainbow we saw on a hike. We were up on the North Shore in Minnesota hiking the Oberg Trail and just as we rounded the corner the view opened up and a rainbow appeared. Because we were up so high we were able to take in the changing fall leaves, the rainbow, and Lake Superior. It truly was one of those once in a lifetime shots. 
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What is your favorite thing to take pictures of?
It used to be my kids, but now that they are older and are seriously annoyed by my camera it has transitioned to environmental self- portraits. I love taking landscape images, and I enjoy the added challenge of interjecting myself into the scene. Professionally, high-school seniors are my favorite.
 
What is your favorite trip that you have taken?
We did a week-long camping trip to Glacier National Park in Montana last year and I fell head over heels in love with the place. Its crystal clear turquoise waters, wildflowers, wildlife, mountain views, and waterfalls make this place a photographers paradise. 
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What is the most photogenic place you have been?
This is a tough one as I have seen so many beautiful places. Topping the list though is the Yellow Mounds area at Badlands National Park. The colors and textures are like nothing I have ever seen before. 
 
If money were no object where would you travel to and why?
I’d love to take a month off and do a west coast road trip and spend some time in Washington, Oregon, and California. Internationally, I want to see Scotland and Iceland. 
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Do you have any travel or photography tips?
I have two bits of advice. First, learn how to edit photos correctly. Taking the image is really only half of the equation of what goes into the making of an image. You can really transform your image into something extraordinary if you know how to edit properly.
 
Secondly, master the camera and gear you currently have before upgrading to something new. So often I see people quick to buy the latest camera thinking it will better their pictures. The truth of the matter is that every digital camera has the ability to take incredible images, it all comes down to how well you know how to use it. 
 
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When you are not traveling, what can we find you doing?
I love baking, thrifting, and hiking. 
 
Tell me something random about you-
I went to school to be a zookeeper. Half-way through the program, I discovered it wasn’t for me. A few years later I discovered photography and the rest is history.
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Do you have any photography or travel goals?
I would love to have a photography book published someday. Travelwise, I am trying to visit all National Parks in the US. 
 
Any special projects you are working on (photography or otherwise)?
This site has become a very special project for me! The travel/landscape photography industry is very male-dominated, so I love that I get to showcase female travel photographers out there that are kicking butt at it too. The response and the community that has transpired from it, has been so amazing. I am a big believer in community over competition! 
 
 
 
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If you were shipwrecked on an island but had all your human needs (food, water, clothing) what two items would you take with you?
My favorite lip balm and melatonin for my insomnia. I would hate to be shipwrecked and not be able to sleep! 
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